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CD REVIEW: Robert Graham - Storm in a teacup
By Ivan Nossa - 12/17/2010 - 05:00 PM EST

Artist: Robert Graham
Album: Storm in a teacup
Genre: Pop/Rock
Sounds Like: Eagles, Toto, Boston, Billy Joel
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Living in a coma, Don’t go, Sunshine
Weakness: Originality
CD Review: Robert is an Australian musician living in Ontario, Canada. I have just received his cd with a beautiful press release that is always very important to understand what’s behind the making of a record.This is his first album but he has already achieved an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Billboard world song contest, and a semifinal placement in the 2010 Dallas songwriters association. His first and new  album is called “Storm in a teacup”.

His music is similar to many pop songwriters with a deep knowledge of music and words, like Billy Joel or bands like Toto or Eagles. When I hear the beautiful song “Don’t go” and it’s piano playing I just expect the entire band Toto to show up anytime and sing the backing vocals! Some tunes like “Don’t go” “Living in a Coma”, “Sunshine” (a cover from Dragon) and “In love with a girl” really stand out. They immediately stick to your mind and make you want to listen to them again and sing along. This is a great quality for a pop/rock song.

The album is diverse, even if we can say it is a pop album it ends to be a crossover of different styles, from indi rock to pop tunes, from sophisticated rock melodies to relaxing moments. It is easy to like this album and Robert Graham voice is pleasant, there is an immediate feeling of ”I know this classic already and I love it” when you play this cd even for the first time. His a professional piano player, and he has a peculiar rock/soul piano playing well recognizable in all his songs, I guess his tunes are written at the piano. The production, mixing and mastering are of a professional level.

A good job, a brilliant first album for Robert.

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